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US Senate, US House of Representatives: Renew the Trafficking Victims Protection Act & combat slavery!
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US Senate, US House of Representatives: Renew the Trafficking Victims Protection Act & combat slavery!

    1. Petition by

      MU Stop Traffic

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 was passed to protect survivors of modern-day slavery, women, children, and men who have been victims of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation/forced prostitution. 

Since the original Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was passed in 2000, it has been renewed unanimously three times. However, in 2011, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 1301) died in committee in the Senate and never made it to the floor for a vote, despite the fact that more than half of all US Senators co-sponsored the Act.

MU Stop Traffic, the University of Missouri's student-led, anti-human trafficking organization, feels compelled to fight for the TVPA, in order to prevent, combat, and eliminate modern-day slavery in the United States and around the world. The TVPA is a piece of vital legislation that has created numerous offices, including the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, which publishes an annual report examining the anti-trafficking efforts of every country in the world. The TVPA also defined forced labor trafficking, child labor, sex trafficking/forced prostitution, and sex trafficking of children, among other things, as federal crimes, penalizing exploiters and pimps for their heinous crimes and created prevention programs, encouraging state and non-governmental agencies to prevent sexual exploitation of minors.

For 11 years, the TVPA protected victims of modern-day slavery in the US, the majority of whom are US citizens. However, the TVPA expired on Sept. 30 and many state and non-profit agencies have lost their funding and ability to prevent human trafficking and assist survivors. Please renew the TVPA and don't let human rights become a politicized issue.

With strong American leadership and dedication, we abolished slavery once and we have full faith that we can do it again.

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      • 5 months ago



      I've started the petition "Barack Obama and Aaron Schock and U.S. Senate: Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership" and need your help to get it off the ground.

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      To Whom It May Concern,

      I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she encountered numerous difficulties which I believe were entirely due to being mistreated by her senior leadership. When SPC Pitt arrived at 225 BSB she had a medical situation that required attention prior to her deployment to Iraq. When she voiced her concerns to 1LT Riglick not only were her concerns dismissed but her private health information was erroneously released to multiple parties. SPC Pitt filed a complaint for the HIPPA violation against the offending party, 1LT Riglick. A few months later 1LT Riglick was assigned to C.Co as our Platoon Leader. This is undoubtedly the situation that caused SPC Pitt to be labeled as a problem soldier by C.Co leadership. SPC Pitt was not protected from reprisal and was treated badly for the duration of her time with C.Co 225 BSB.

      The result of filing her HIPPA complaint against 1LT Riglick was having a stigma placed on her by the very leadership that was supposed to be protecting her. She endured rumors, attacks on her character, and even attempts at discrediting her intellectual capacities. She was even accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple senior Non-Commissioned Officers by our Platoon Leader 1LT Riglick. SPC Pitt continuously sought only to do her job as a mental health specialist and as her first line supervisor I pushed for her to be moved from the company to the Troop Medical Clinic. When SPC Pitt was sent to the Troop Medical Clinic to preform her duties as a mental health specialist C.Co leadership made sure to let the incoming social worker know what their impression of her was. SPC Pitt then worked with Major Ball, who had already been told she was a problem soldier, and was subsequently treated horribly to include having to undergo a mental health evaluation without provocation.

      SPC Pitt requested on numerous occasions to be moved from C.Co 225 BSB to another company, battalion, or division to get out from underneath the stigma placed on her. These requests were heard by our Company Commander, 1SG, Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, and even Division Command team but nothing was done. Instead of helping the soldier 1LT Riglick and Major Ball ordered me to counsel her for their perceived insubordination. When I disagreed with these orders it was made clear that my military career was also in jeopardy. I was ordered by 1LT Riglick to counsel SPC Pitt for not properly using her chain of command to which, I informed the command that she had done exactly what procedures are outlined. The result of my not counseling her for this was to have my MEDPROS status changed to non-deployable by 1LT Riglick. This retaliation against me for defending SPC Pitt would have ended my career if I had not already been found deployable and fit for duty by the Medical Review Board in 2008.

      Despite her outburst which finally concluded her time in C.Co I would still recommend that she be retained by the United States Army. SPC Pitt endured being mistreated for months and still maintained a positive attitude. Her intellectual prowess combined with her willingness to work make her a viable asset. I believe that if SPC Pitt had been able to move to another command away from the toxic leadership of C.Co 225 BSB her military career would have flourished.

      SGT David Trapolsi

      You can sign my petition by clicking here.


      A PITT

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 8 months ago

      Human trafficking is a serious crime against human rights and must be punishable with life imprisonment!

    • Jennie Pardoe COLUMBIA, MO
      • 8 months ago

      As trafficking has come somewhat into the public eye, there is an opportunity for some really good things to happen. We must offer all support that we possibly can. Trafficking happens in Missouri too.

    • Andrew Beshuk JEFFERSON CITY, MO
      • 9 months ago

      There is just no room for debate on the subject of human trafficking. Whatever can be done must be done to stop this crime.

    • Steven Easterby COLUMBIA, MO
      • 10 months ago

      This is one of the most overlooked , appalling atrocities of our time.


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